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Alberta Water Portal, Alberta Water Foundation.
  • an independent, not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to open sharing of scientifically credible water data and information; includes divergent interests and content sources related to the Alberta Flood Recovery Task Force and key elements of mitigation many of which are posted elsewhere in the IBAA Resource Library); and encourages dialogue towards solutions which can benefit all Albertans.
AIR Worldwide
  • a scientific provider of risk-modeling software and consulting services that serves insurers, reinsurers, retail and wholesale brokers, capital markets, crop insurers, reinsurance intermediaries, corporate risk managers, and government. AIR's website provides a range of material with a focus on global catastrophes and climate change: research publications, news and events, catastrophe models, solutions, etc.

Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, Friday Forum PDFs on Catastrophic Loss, Prevention, and Reduction.

  • presentations from experts in the field on various research topics related to flood, hail, drought, hurricane, storm, tornadoes, wind, wildfire, earthquake, marine events, climate change, emergency management, extreme weather, etc.

Assessing Local Mandatory Measures to Reduce Flood Risk and Inflow & Infiltration in Existing Homes, Joanna Kyriazis, Laura Zizzo and Dan Sandink, Toronto: Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, 2017, 71 pp. (PDF).

  • After reviewing specific mandatory and voluntary measures to reduce homeowner flooding in Ontario and British Columbia municipalities, the authors conclude that the measures are most effective when mandated by political, economic, and legal support and penalties.

2016 Global Modeled Catastrophe Losses, AIR Worldwide, Nov. 2016, 14 pp. (PDF).

Insurers Rebuild Better Homes Program: Guidelines for Fort McMurray, ICLR, Press Release, 17 May 2016, 2 pp. (PDF).

  • Guidelines for design and construction of homes to mitigate Wildfire loss, particularly in wildland-urban interface


Southern British Columbia August Windstorm Tops $25 Million in Insured Damage, IBC Media Release, 6 Oct. 2015.

Prairie Storm in June Tops $45 Million in Insured Damage, IBC Media Release, 16 July 2015.

Catastrophe Modelling Study Presented at U.N. Conference Suggests Little Chance of Reducing Economic Losses, Canadian Underwriter, 18 Mar. 2015.

Changing Global Patterns of Urban Exposure to Flood and Drought Hazard Summary, Burak Güneralpa, İnci Güneralpa, and Ying Liu, Global Environmental Change vol. 31 (Mar. 2015): 217–25, 18 pp. (PDF).

Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 (web link to full and condensed reports), United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).

Warming Arctic Blamed for Worsening Summer Heat Waves, Fred Pearce, NewScientist, 12 Mar. 2015.

Water: The Structural Enemy—An Exploration of the Sources and Causes of Property Damage Claims, Randy Henderson, Claims Canada, Feb. 2015.

Survey Shows Canadians Do Not Believe Earthquake Is Imminent, Insurance Bureau of Canada, Media Release, 14 Oct. 2014.

Weather Gone Wild, Helen Singer and Melanie Wood, Dir. Melanie Wood, Prod. Sue Ridout, Dreamfilm Productions/CBC-TV, 23 Oct. 2014 (video documentary 45:10 min.)

  • Includes a Home Risk Assessment
Partners for Action: Priorities for Advancing Flood Resiliency in Canada, Feltmate, Blair, and Jason Thistlethwaite, Faculty of Environment, U of Waterloo, Sept. 2014, 19 pp. (PDF).

Severe Drought Is Causing the Western U.S. To Rise, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, 21 Aug. 2014.
  • description of and link to a scientific study by A. Antal Borsa, D. Carr Agnew, and D.R. Cayan, "Ongoing Drought-Induced Uplift in the Western United States," Science, Aug. 2014.
An International Review: Lessons Learned from Flood Management Programs in G8 Countries, Insurance Bureau of Canada, May 2014, 23 pp. (PDF).

Managing Risk through Catastrophe Insurance: Reducing the Fiscal and Economic Impact of Disasters, Insurance Bureau of Canada, Mar. 2014, 20 pp. (PDF).

Natural Catastrophes and Man-Made Disasters in 2013: Large Losses from Floods and Hail; Haiyan Hits the Philippines, Swiss Re Economic Research and Consulting, Sigma No. 1, 2014, 52 pp. (PDF) / Video overview and summary.

Broking 2020: Leading from the Front in a New Era of Risk, Price Waterhouse Cooper (Paul Frank, Kevin Caceres, Joseph Calandro, Evelyn Wolovnick, et al.), 2014, 28 pp. (PDF).

Municipal Risk Assessment Tool, Insurance Bureau of Canada, 21 Nov. 2013 (includes description of MRAT, video on MRAT, and IBC President Don Forgeron's Address to the Economic Club of Canada on MRAT).

Telling the Weather Story. McBean, Gordon (and colleagues at ICLR), prepared for IBC, June 2012. 4 pp. (PDF) (Executive Summary only).

Telling the Weather Story. McBean, Gordon (and colleagues at ICLR), prepared for IBC. June 2012. 67 pp. (PDF) (full report).
  • weather changes and Canada-wide regional predictions re: catastrophic weather and earthquake
  • includes summary video

Short- and Intermediate-Term Earthquake Hazard in Canada, Canadian Seismic Research Network/ICLR (Kristy F. Tiampo), 13 Jan. 2012. 30 pp. (PDF).

Making Flood Insurable for Canadian Homeowners: A Discussion Paper, ICLR (Dan Sandink, Paul Kovacks, Greg Oulahen, Glenn McGillivray), Nov. 2010, 75 pp. (PDF).

Reducing the Risk of Earthquake Damage in Canada: Lessons Learned from Haiti and Chile, ICLR (Paul Kovacs), ICLR Research Paper Series – Number 49, Toronto: Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, Nov. 2010. 36 pp. (PDF).

Earthquake Hazard Zones, ICLR (Paul Kovacs and Robert Sweeting), Toronto: Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, 2004. 20 pp. (PDF).
  • earthquake risk by postal codes in British Columbia, Vancouver and Victoria, Eastern Canada, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City
Foreign Earthquake Insurance Programs, ILCR (Richard Roth Sr.) (prepared for IBC), Toronto: Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, 1999, 32 pp. (PDF).
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